The No. 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers Baseball team battled, but fell short to the No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks 5-1 Saturday night. Chance Hroch gave up four hits, but 10 walks and a hit batter doomed the Huskers in winners bracket action.
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Working against Razorback ace Patrick Wicklander, Nebraska could not muster any runs in the first inning. They got a two out walk from Spencer Schwellenbach, but nothing else.
Arkansas found the scoreboard with the first batter in the bottom of the first. Matt Goodheart lifted an elevated fastball over the left field wall out of the reach of Mojo Hagge for a solo home run.
After Nebraska again went scoreless, the Razorbacks lead grew to 3-0. A single to leadoff the inning followed by a one out walk put a pair on. Braydon Webb then hit a RBI single. A walk loaded the bases and Cayden Wallace provided a sacrifice fly for the third run of the game.
Wicklander was able to keep the Huskers off of the scoreboard with some help. He would be the beneficary of questionable calls all night by home plate umpire Kellen Levy. While the Huskers were getting squeezed, Wicklanders zone expanded throughout the night.
Hroch would only make it through 3.2 innings before being replaced by Cam Wynne. Wynne was able to get a flyout to strand two runners in the fourth from Wallace.
Wynne would be replaced by Emmitt Olson in the sixth with one out and a runner on first after another Husker walk. Olson got a pair of outs to end the home half of the fifth inning.
Working against Wicklander, Joe Acker provided the Huskers a leadoff hit in the sixth. Arkansas wasted no time getting star reliever Kevin Kopps in from the bullpen. Jaxon Hallmark would strikeout looking. Schwellenbach moved Acker to second before Luke Roskam scored Acker with a RBI single. Representing the tying run Griffin Everitt grounded out to shortstop.
Olson got a pair of outs in the sixth, but another walk and error put two runners on with two outs. Jake Bunz came on and proceeded to have a bullpen meltdown. He walked three and uncorcked a wild pitch to push two runs across for Arkansas. Max Schreiber relieved Bunz and got the final out of the sixth.
Cam Chick led off the Husker seventh with a double down the right field line. Brice Matthews and Hagge both were unable to advance him. Leighton Banjoff pinch hit and took possibly the worst third strike call of the game on a pitch five inches outside the plate for the final out.
Schreiber got an out in the eighth, but he walked and hit a batter. In came Tyler Martin. He got Goodheart and Wallace to pop up to end the threat for the Hogs.
Nebraska stranded a one out single in the eighth, while Arkansas stranded a one out double in their half of the eighth.
The Huskers went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to drop to the losers bracket. Nebraska now has to turn around and face NJIT tomorrow at 2:00 Sunday afternoon.